Located at an altitude of 300m, Voiron, capital of the Pays Voironnais, is also the gateway to the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park. It offers its inhabitants and visitors a welcoming and lively face. It is the cradle of local products with international fame ...
History of the city
Even if Voiron has kept some traces of a medieval past (Saint-Pierre church, Sermorens district, Barral tower…), the city was remodeled under the industrial era in the XNUMXth century. Stationery and weaving have given way to internationally renowned companies such as Radiall, Sidas ...
Another symbol, and not the least, of the capital of the Pays Voironnais, the imposing Saint Bruno church, readily nicknamed "cathedral" by the people of the Voironnais. Although of recent construction (1864), this building is inspired by the cathedrals of the Middle Ages.
Strolls and walks in Voiron
Stroll through one of the oldest and most important markets in the Rhône-Alpes region, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, where the smells, colors and flavors will awaken your senses. Then stroll through the shopping streets with colorful facades, where you will find windows and sunny terraces; look up, you will see architectural details that deserve to linger: here a lion enthroned very close to the viaduct, there old doors, you will admire the valances in the windows of buildings and the imposing bourgeois houses surrounded by their park , like the Château de la Brunerie on the heights or that of Déchandol, facing the garden of the town hall.
To access a superb view of the city and the surrounding area, take your walking shoes and climb to the top of Notre-Dame de Vouise hill. Leave from Saint-Bruno church and follow the marked paths!
Tastings & local products
Voiron has remained a craft town, proud of its local commerce, where visitors and locals alike love to stroll. At the bend of an artery, you will find a framer, a seamstress, a cheese maker, a fishmonger ... with the Wednesday and Saturday market, one of the oldest and most impressive in the Rhône-Alpes region, so many local know-how are to discover !
Voiron is also home to the famous Caves de Chartreuse, where this centuries-old liqueur is made. Considered to be one of the largest liqueur cellars in the world, the secret of the Carthusians is well kept… You will soon be able to immerse yourself in the history of this emblematic liqueur of the region; the site is currently undergoing a facelift to offer a brand new exceptional course in spring 2022.
Sweet palates will dive into the fragrant world of the Bonnat chocolate factory, one of the last in France to work with chocolate from the bean to the finished product.
Did you know?
Voiron is also the cradle of the more than a century old and alcohol-free drink, known by more than 80% of the French population, theAntesite ! You will find it on sale in the syrups section of supermarkets and local produce stores.
To end your days in style, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and shows await you. Do not hesitate to take a tour of the Pays Voironnais Tourist Office, where we will give you the program of outings and activities in the Pays Voironnais, or consult the Agenda page of our site!